Thursday, August 11, 2016

Night Guards

If you’re someone who grinds their teeth at night, night guards are a good way to protect your teeth and to eliminate discomfort you may have in the morning. Teeth grinding or bruxism can cause jaw pain, wear down teeth, damage the enamel and irritate the gums. The noise can even disturb those sleeping next to you. A Point Pleasant New Jersey dentist such as Dr. Kenneth J. Sullivan, DDS, PC can determine whether or not night guards will work best for each patient.

How Night guards Can Help Bruxism Patients
These night guards are custom fitted for each patient and help them to be comfortable and to breathe properly. A professional dentist can help make sure that a proper fit will benefit the patient and their teeth. This is achieved by taking an impression of that patient’s teeth. The impression is sent directly to a dental lab where the night guard is created. They are very durable, and this is why they protect the teeth so well. Some can be worn up to ten years. This makes them a great investment for habitual teeth grinders.

While night guards are a great option for many dental patients, there are a few things that can be done to reduce the amount of grinding occurring. First, it is important to train the jaw to be free. Refrain from chewing on objects and gum. Also, caffeine can increase the chance of teeth grinding. If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth, a professional dentist can help determine if night guards would work for you. To schedule an appointment today, call 732-899-0222 or visit us at